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Gillom sisters very deserving of Ole Miss honor

Sometimes an award makes so much sense.

That’s the case with the upcoming 2017 Legacy Award at Ole Miss that will be given to sisters Jennifer Gillom and Peggy Gillom-Granderson, natives of Lafayette County.

We are proud to call these distinguished women our own in the Oxford community. They grew up in Abbeville, starred at Lafayette High School and Ole Miss, and have had professional careers since that continue to make us proud.

Presented by the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, the award to Jennifer and Peggy is one that our entire community can celebrate.

The Gillom sisters literally put Ole Miss women’s basketball on the map as players, but it was more than their on-court presence that turned heads. Their quality of play was matched if not exceeded by their presence and leadership off the court.

In the many years since, they have achieved most everything professionally possible. Jennifer won a gold medal in the Olympics and excelled as a player and coach in the WNBA. Peggy played and coached in the WNBA and excelled as a collegiate coach, including many years as an Ole Miss assistant.

We’re proud of Jennifer Gillom and Peggy Gillom-Granderson and look forward to seeing them honored with the 2017 Legacy Award.